Illinois Extends Deadline For Marriage Equality Bill To Be Heard

In what appears to have went from a mad dash for equality to a complete standstill, Illinois State Legislators have vacillated greatly on moving a bill forward that would allow same sex couples to marry. We saw the efforts from the state’s democratic leaders go from a thunderous roar to not a peep. Here’s more:

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would bring equal marriage to Illinois, has been granted a one-week extension for consideration, in a procedural move that will allow it to be heard through the end of session.

May 24 marked the deadline for consideration on Senate bills sent to the House, but the deadline on the marriage bill has been extended, as anticipated, to allow for a vote within the week. The House now has until May 31 to vote on the bill.

Chief Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris told Windy City Times he will “absolutely” call the bill to a vote before session ends at the end of the month and that it will pass.

Harris reiterated that sentiment in an email to supporters May 24.

What happened to this bill and the effort lawmakers had in seeing it pass? After it went through the State Senate Committee, it all but stopped making any progress. We saw the potential for delays but after almost six months, it makes us wonder why the stallout when it was originally believed to have enough votes to past? I do remember there being a set of unfortunate circumstances surrounding some lawmakers but hope all that is resolved and can move this bill to victory.

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